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Chico Unified School Board is considering a big change in learning models

If the Local Accountability Plan is put into place, some students can expect changes.

Posted: Jun 23, 2021 5:30 PM
Updated: Jun 24, 2021 10:54 AM

CHICO, Calif. - Changes in the Chico Unified School District will mostly be implemented for students who are experiencing homelessness, have a disability or are at a socially economic disadvantage.

Some parents in the Chico community feel strongly about their school district stepping up to help the most vulnerable.

"The wider perspective of what is happening in these kids' lives is they don't have anyone for them,” said parent, Holly Nielsen.

"I do think that communities that aren't having the same test scores need additional support,” said Tracy Davis. “They need the same access. In order to do that they are going to need additional support and services."

The Local Accountability Plan (LCAP) is reviewed annually by the school district. It allows the district to come up with a strategic plan for how they'll use their funding to improve outcomes for students.

RELATED: CUSD will vote on LCAP next week, setting three goals for the district

"Part of the purpose of this plan is to ensure that we are focusing our resources on the student groups that need it more to decrease those achievement gaps,” said Director of Assessment and Testing Tim Cariss.

The school district received over $100 million in general funds. This year's LCAP plan incorporates $14 million in changes aimed to best serve students in need of extra support.

But one school board member voted against this plan. He believes the plan is too broad and could lead to segregation.

"That could mean anything. It could play with people’s emotions,” said school board member Matt Tennis.

Per the California Department of Education Dashboard, target students include 6% of English learners, 2% African American students, and over 50% of students who are socially economically disadvantaged. It also includes the 15% of students who are either homeless or have a disability.

"I think it is great that the community, the government, a wider level that these kids need extra attention and they need extra support,” said Nielsen.

The district plans to support at-risk students with resources like case managers, alternative education programs and psychologists and counselors.

The school board will hold a meeting Wednesday to seek community input and answer questions about the LCAP plan which will begin at 6 p.m. at Pleasant Valley High School.

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